Sunny beaches, architecturally beautiful cities, vineyards, amazing people and great food. Portugal has everything that you could possibly ask for in a dream vacation. Often overlooked by tourists to give a preference to its neighbouring countries, it wasn’t much of a surprise then that initially we planned a visit to Portugal only due to its proximity to Spain. What followed though was a trip that made me fall in love with a country like never before. Portugal has a certain aura that will leave you wonder-struck at first sight.
The central and northern parts of Portugal like Lisbon & Porto are the most visited areas, especially if you are short on time. But in order to experience the real Portugal, you need to get off the beaten track and visit the countryside areas to take in the surreal beauty that they offer. Out of the many places that we explored, here is my list of top things to experience on your visit to Portugal.
Wander through Lisbon’s Alfama district
Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon is situated between the Castle of Lisbon & the Tejo River. It is one of the most highlighted and visited tourist attractions of Lisbon and view of the city from here is pretty awesome. Alfama is one the few areas that withstood the massive earthquake of 1755 which destroyed almost the entire city, thus giving you a peek into the old city architecture. Secluded and with upward winding roads, you can either take a tram to explore the place or get yourself a good workout before an amazing night out.